Nabokov Shuts Down 5th-seeded ’14-’15 Blackhawks as 28th-seeded ’09-’10 Sharks Win in Five Games

(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The reigning Stanley Cup winners, the 5th-seeded ’14-’15 Chicago Blackhawks, are done in the Second Round of the 2015 Ultimate NHL Playoff while the ’09-’10 San Jose Sharks are onto the Third Round for the first time as they win in five games.

As the title of the post states, the Blackhawks were really shut down in this series. They only scored seven goals in the five games and Jonathan Toews was the only player to score more than one goal (2) for Chicago. Four players scored just once for the Hawks, including Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad. It was Saad who led them in assists with three while Toews and Kane were tied for second with two along with defenseman Duncan Keith. Toews and Saad both finished with four points to lead Chicago in overall scoring while Kane was second with three. The Blackhawks did not have a single player finish with a positive plus/minus rating. Nine players finished with an even plus/minus rating, including Kane, Saad and Toews. Corey Crawford had a pretty solid series in net. He allowed just 14 goals in the five games for a goals against average of 2.80 to go along with a .912 save percentage.

The San Jose offense wasn’t exactly explosive in this series, but they were better than Chicago’s. Both Dany Heatley and Patrick Marleau scored four goals to tie for the team lead, but they were the only Sharks to score more than once in the five games. Longtime Shark, who may not be their much longer, Patrick Marleau led them in apples in the series with five while Heatley was tied with Joe Pavelski and defenseman Dan Boyle for second with four. Marleau finished the series with nine points to finish atop San Jose’s overall scoring leaderboard while Heatley’s eight points were good enough for second. It was a tight race for the team lead in plus/minus, as well, as both Heatley and Marleau were tied with a +7 rating while Pavelski and defensemen Rob Blake and Dan Boyle all finished at +5. However, all this being said, it was really the goaltender for San Jose who was the star. Evgeni Nabokov allowed just seven goals in the series for a 1.40 goals against average. He also posted a remarkable .958 save percentage as he now stakes a case for the UNP Vezina Trophy.

Here are this series’ links:

Three Stars of the Series:

  1. SJS – G – Evgeni Nabokov – 5 GP   5 GS   4-0-1   1.40 GAA   .958 SV%   6 Star Points
  2. SJS – C – Patrick Marleau – 4 G   5 A   9 P   +7   40 S   1 GWG   2 PIM   5 Star Points
  3. SJS – LW – Dany Heatley – 4 G   4 A   8 P   +7   40 S   1 GWG   4 PIM   5 Star Points

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#28 ‘09-’10 Sharks 1 0 0 0 1
#5 ‘14-’15 Blackhawks 1 0 0 1 2

GAME SUMMARY: ‘14-’15 CHI – 2   ‘09-’10 SJS – 1   (OT)   (1-0   ‘14-’15 CHI)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 SJS – 15:04 – SJS: P. Marleau (4) assisted by D. Boyle (5), D. Heatley (5)
  • 1 – 1 tie – 16:18 – CHI: A. Shaw (1) assisted by M. Hossa (1), P. Sharp (1)

 

2nd Period:

 

3rd Period:

 

Overtime:

  • 2 – 1 CHI – 0:21 – CHI: J. Toews (1) assisted by B. Saad (1)

 

TEAM STATS:

#28 ‘09-’10 Sharks

#5 ‘14-’15 Blackhawks

1

Goals

2

35

SOG

29

PP

0/1

1/1

SH

PP%

0%

100%

PK%

GWG

J. Toews (1)

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Corey Crawford (CHI)
  • 2nd Star: Jonathan Toews (CHI)
  • 3rd Star: Andrew Shaw (CHI)

 

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#28 ‘09-’10 Sharks 2 1 0 3
#5 ‘14-’15 Blackhawks 0 1 0 1

GAME SUMMARY: ‘09-’10 SJS – 3   ‘14-’15 CHI – 1   (1-1)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 SJS – 2:45 – SJS: D. Heatley (5) assisted by J. Thornton (5), P. Marleau (4)
  • 2 – 0 SJS – 15:27 – PP – SJS: P. Marleau (5) assisted by D. Boyle (6), S. Nichol (1)

 

2nd Period:

  • 3 – 0 SJS – 1:04 – SJS: J. Pavelski (3) assisted by D. Boyle (7), D. Heatley (6)
  • 3 – 1 SJS – 14:48 – CHIL J. Toews (2) assisted by B. Saad (2), D. Keith (1)

3rd Period:

 

TEAM STATS:

#28 ‘09-’10 Sharks

#5 ‘14-’15 Blackhawks

3

Goals

1

27

SOG

26

1/1

PP

0/1

1/1

SH

0/1

100%

PP%

0%

100%

PK%

0%

P. Marleau (1)

GWG

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Patrick Marleau (SJS)
  • 2nd Star: Dany Heatley (SJS)
  • 3rd Star: Evgeni Nabokov (SJS)

 

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Double Overtime Total
#5 ‘14-’15 Blackhawks 0 1 1 0 2
#28 ‘09-’10 Sharks 0 0 2 1 3

GAME SUMMARY: ‘09-’10 SJS – 3   ‘14-’15 CHI – 2   (2OT)   (2-1   ‘09-’10 SJS)

1st Period:

 

2nd Period:

  • 1 – 0 CHI – 14:14 – CHI: B. Saad (1) assisted by P. Kane (1), J. Toews (1)

 

3rd Period:

  • 2 – 0 CHI – 4:57 – CHI: P. Kane (1) assisted by B. Saad (3), D. Keith (2)
  • 2 – 1 CHI – 5:00 – SJS: D. Heatley (6) assisted by P. Marleau (5), J. Pavelski (6)
  • 2 – 2 tie – 9:32 – SJS: D. Heatley (7) assisted by J. Thornton (6), P. Marleau (6)

 

Second Overtime:

  • 3 – 2 SJS – 0:34 – SJS: J. Thornton (4) assisted by P. Marleau (7), D. Heatley (7)

 

TEAM STATS:

#5 ‘14-’15 Blackhawks

#28 ‘09-’10 Sharks

2

Goals

3

49

SOG

38

0/5

PP

0/1

1/1

SH

5/5

0%

PP%

0%

100%

PK%

100%

GWG

J. Thornton (3)

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Dany Heatley (SJS)
  • 2nd Star: Evgeni Nabokov (SJS)
  • 3rd Star: Patrick Marleau (SJS)

 

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#5 ‘14-’15 Blackhawks 0 1 0 1
#28 ‘09-’10 Sharks 1 1 0 2

GAME SUMMARY: ‘09-’10 SJS – 2   ‘14-’15 CHI – 1   (3-1   ‘09-’10 SJS)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 SJS – 5:02 – SJS: P. Marleau (8) assisted by D. Heatley (8), J. Pavelski (7)

 

2nd Period:

  • 2 – 0 SJS – 6:50 – SJS: K. Huskins (1) assisted by M. Malhotra (1), D. Murray (1)
  • 2 – 1 SJS – 19:12 – CHI: B. Richards (1) assisted by K. Versteeg (7)

 

3rd Period:

 

TEAM STATS:

#5 ‘14-’15 Blackhawks

#28 ‘09-’10 Sharks

1

Goals

2

35

SOG

35

0/1

PP

0/1

1/1

SH

1/1

0%

PP%

0%

100%

PK%

100%

GWG

K. Huskins (1)

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Evgeni Nabokov (SJS)
  • 2nd Star: Corey Crawford (CHI)
  • 3rd Star: Kent Huskins (SJS)

 

GAME 5:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#28 ‘09-’10 Sharks 2 2 1 5
#5 ‘14-’15 Blackhawks 1 0 0 1

GAME SUMMARY: ‘09-’10 SJS – 5   ‘14-’15 CHI – 1   (4-1)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 SJS – 3:43 – SJS: P. Marleau (7) assisted by M. Vlasic (1), J. Pavelski (8)
  • 1 – 1 tie – 8:54 – PP – CHI: J. Morin (1) assisted by J. Toews (2), P. Kane (2)
  • 2 – 1 SJS – 8:57 – SJS: D. Heatley (8) assisted by J. Pavelski (9), P. Marleau (8)

 

2nd Period:

  • 3 – 1 SJS – 8:32 – SJS: J. Ortmeyer (1) assisted by R. Blake (6)
  • 4 – 1 SJS – 10:59 – SJS: M. Malhotra (2) assisted by J. McGinn (1), M. Vlasic (2)

 

3rd Period:

  • 5 – 1 SJS – 4:25 – SJS: J. McGinn (1) assisted by M. Malhotra (2), D. Boyle (8)
    • CHI replaces starting goalie C. Crawford with backup S. Darling

 

TEAM STATS:

#28 ‘09-’10 Sharks

#5 ‘14-’15 Blackhawks

5

Goals

1

38

SOG

29

PP

1/4

3/4

SH

PP%

25%

75%

PK%

D. Heatley (2)

GWG

STARS OF THE GAME:

The ’09-’10 Sharks, in their second consecutive UNP appearance, advanced from the First Round, again, and for the first time have advanced from the Second Round. Last year, in the inaugural tourney, they ran into the Oilers dynasty and were swept, but now they have made it to the Third Round for the first time. The ’14-’15 Blackhawks, in their first UNP appearance, are done after one round after last year’s representative made it to the Quarterfinal. Next up in the Third Round, the ’09-’10 Sharks will play either the 12th-seeded ’74-’75 Philadelphia Flyers and the 21st-seeded ’69-’70 St. Louis Blues!

Up next in the Second Round are the 9th-seeded ’19-’20 Ottawa Senators and the 24th-seeded ’99-’00 Florida Panthers!

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